Every bike gets a flat tire at some time or another. You don’t have to be a pro to change it and keep your ride going. Because bicycles are machines, there are always a few things that can go wrong that you may not have planned for. Chain slip? It happens sometimes. The point is, you don’t have to let it dampen your day. Fix it and forget it with these quick bike repairs.
A flat tire isn’t usually just a case of pumping it back up. (Though, that case could indicate a slow leak, which will lead you to this next step anyway.) The likely culprit is a hole in the tube, which is a relatively easy fix. Remove the tire from the rim and the flat tube from the tire. Pump the new tube slightly and put it in the tire before using tire levers to return the tire back to the rim. Finish pumping, and you’re good to go. More detailed instructions can be found here.
A squeaky anything means your bike is crying out for lubricant. If you hear a creak, lube it up! However, if that noise is coming from your pedals, and they’re moving side to side, your crank may be getting loose. Find the correct torque wrench on your multi-tool and tighten it up.
Putting the Chain Back On
You won’t get anywhere if your chain isn’t on the gears right, but fortunately, fixing that problem isn’t as hard as it sounds. Start by flipping your bike upside down. Put the chain around the small axle, then lead some of it into the larger gear as you hand pedal to move the chain along.
Impress your friends and family or impress yourself by learning these quick bike repairs. Solving a problem and moving on could be the one thing that gets you through the day. That, and a beautiful bike ride through Hilton Head. So get back on your bike and go!